– Are you a young woman enrolled in a secondary school in British Columbia between the age of 15 and 18 and are passionate about protecting our oceans?

In partnership with Ocean Wise, the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre and Navigate NIDES, Comox Valley Schools is excited to announce the 3rd annual Ocean Literacy and Leadership Camp will take place 12 to 16 July 2020.

Participants will embark on a learning journey in leadership and put their new-found skills into action with an ocean conservation project

Act now to register for the 2020 Ocean Literacy and Leadership Camp.

The leadership camp is designed to empower young women to explore personal leadership strengths which can then be applied to becoming an advocate for our oceans. In order to fully understand the ocean, participants will be diving into the 7 Ocean Literacy Principles, which help them understand the delicate relationship between humans and the ocean.

The camp will first begin with a pre-requisite online course package that will commence early in second semester.

“There will be opportunities to explore the wonders of the ocean and to self reflect on the personal choice’s you make in your life and how it directly effects the health of the ocean,” explained Serina Allison, District Environment and Outdoor Learning Lead Teacher. “The leadership component will have a solutions-based focus and will help prepare you for the final culminating Action Project to take back to your school and/or community.”

By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Identify your personal leadership traits and strength;
• Understand the importance of a multi-perspective approach to communicating;
• Understand the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the ocean;
• Have deeper connections to marine species and the concept of interconnectedness;
• Make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and advocating for its
• Have tools and a plan to execute an action project.

“By collaborating with young women around the province, challenging your physical abilities, and gaining motivation through mentors in the field, you will come away feeling supported and reflect how we are part of a greater community working towards positive change,” expressed Hailey Renaud, Ocean Wise Manager of Children and Youth Programs.

In addition to leadership activities and Ocean Wise supported programs, guest presenters will be joining us from Surf Riders, Tofino Chapter, Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up, and Deep Bay Marine Field Station.

Read more online at http://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/news/article/808233

To see a recap of the 2019 camp, visit our YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/ng1OjYh6PRE

Mary Lee

Manager of Communications, Comox Valley Schools (School District 71)